The fallout from the Adria Tour in Belgrade and Zadar continues as Novak Djokovic is the latest player to test positive for the virus.
The Adria Tour was an event set up by Djokovic to travel around cities in Europe with no social distancing guidelines in place.
Novak’s wife Jelena has also tested positive but their children have not.
Djokovic released a statement on Tuesday:
“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative.
Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region.
The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.
It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.
We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met.
Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with.
I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were.
I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.
I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”
Instead of being tested in Zadar they decided to travel back to Belgrade first before being tested.
Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Viktor Troicki and it is understood his heavily pregnant wife have also tested positive as well as a few coaches.
Cilic, Zverev and Rublev announced a negative test but will self-isolate.
I wish all well and hope they get better soon!